ALL ABOARD: Workshops Railway Museum acting director Geraldine Mate invites the public for a fun family day.
ALL ABOARD: Workshops Railway Museum acting director Geraldine Mate invites the public for a fun family day. Rob Williams

Ipswich lets off some steam

IPSWICH residents will have free entry into The Workshops Rail Museum tomorrow, as the community celebrates its recovery from a double dose of floods.

The Community Recovery Day will run from 9.30am-5pm at the popular North St museum.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said Ipswich residents should bring proof of residency, such as a driver's licence or rates notice, to take advantage of the celebration.

"The day offers free activities with a trackless train, a jumping castle, face painting and entertainment," Cr Pisasale said.

"People can bring along their own BYO picnic lunch or purchase food from The Workshops' on-site cafe."

Cr Pisasale said the day was a chance for the community to come together for some fun after the trying times of the past two years.

"Our community has been greatly impacted by severe weather events over the past two years with the floods of both 2011 and 2013," he said.

"In fact there are many people in the community who become very anxious and even distressed when heavy rain occurs now as it brings back memories of what they went through with these flood events."

Cr Pisasale said the Community Recovery Day signalled the close of another chapter in Ipswich's post-flood recovery journey.

"We want to focus our attention now on all the good things that are happening in Ipswich and come together to celebrate the way we have triumphed over adversity.

"The day will bring to a close Ipswich's official community recovery efforts which are another sign of how the community has overcome the challenges delivered by Mother Nature and emerged stronger than before."

Phone Ipswich City Council's Community Development Branch on 3810 6655 or visit ipswich.qld.gov.au.



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